Asked about reports that he has been approached by representatives from Olimpia Milano — imagine Datome on the other side when the Celtics open their exhibition season in Milan against that team on Oct. 6 — Datome dismissed the talk as premature. “It’s very early because (NBA) free agency is so (early),” Datome said via phone from his home in Sardinia last week. “My agent told me that first the big players will sign, and then you have to wait. I’ve waited more than two months to get here, so I can wait two more.” “My agent is listening to proposals from European teams, and right now we’re not saying no to anyone. But I still want to see if anyone in the NBA wants to sign me.”
“I want to thank the Celtics and Coach Stevens because they gave me the opportunity,” Datome said. “I think I showed that I can play at this level. But if I play another year in the NBA, I would like to be one of those guys who plays every night.” Datome understands that he has to wait for these opportunities to take shape. His calls will come later this month. He admits that he can earn more money playing in Europe, where a nightly 35-minute role would be guaranteed. “There are some real opportunities in Europe,” he said. “But right now I am thinking about nothing.”
One more strategic financial move was announced by Euroleague today as a multi-year deal was secured with media company IMG. As Euroleague announced there’s “a four-year deal with IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion and media, to represent the former’s fastpath data, live streaming and sponsorship rights in the betting, casino and gaming category for global and aggregated commercialization of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup.
He knows how the semifinal in Madrid is shaping up. Both teams have former and future NBA players. Goudelock will find himself matched up against Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Llull. If the game is tight at the end, the ball is going to be in Goudelock’s hands. He will try to replace the mighty noise with a calming, intensifying silence. He will have to trust his instincts. He will need to believe in the teachings of Kobe. “The rules are different here, everything is so much different — the big games are almost like a stalemate where you’re beating each other up, so it comes down to who is executing down the stretch and hitting the big shots,” Goudelock says.
The Euroleague Basketball competition system for the 2015-16 will continue to feature 24 clubs in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season and 36 clubs in the Eurocup Regular Season, whilst the deadline for submitting pre-registration documents is May 15, 2015. Euroleague Basketball staff and the Financial Control Commission will review the clubs’ documentation, registering those clubs that subsequently qualify for each competition according to the Bylaws. After this the ECA Shareholders Executive Board, at its June meeting, will propose candidates for the wild-card vacancies in both competitions.
If it doesn’t pan out, Amundson, who is of Swedish heritage, said Spain would top his overseas list. “I thought about it last summer, we had some interest, but nothing materialized,’’ Amundson said. “I’ll wait and see what the options are in the summer.’’
However, Amundson, who has played on 10 NBA teams (12 is the record), isn’t buying the rhetoric. The rugged if undersized 6-foot-9 grinder has heard it before. And the 32-year-old told The Post if the Knicks don’t come through, he likely will play in Europe next season and pass on an 11th NBA team. “Yeah, everything is on the table for me,’’ Amundson said. “I would like to play. I’ve been in this league, so I know what that’s like. So I think going overseas would be a new experience for me I think I’d enjoy. I’d get an opportunity to play. So yeah, everything’s on the table.’’
Nikola Mirotic: “When I was playing with Real Madrid and watched NBA games, I thought you could get a lot of easy baskets there. But when you come here you realize these guys play fast and physical. No basket is an easy one. It’s easier to make them in Europe.
NBA mock drafts tab Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Kentucky’s Karl Anthony-Thomas and Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell as possibilities. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak plans to travel to Europe for a scouting trip beginning Monday, though it was not clear which countries he will visit.
Would you take the chance to play in a top Euroleague team and win the competition or you prefer to return to NBA? James Anderson: “I would like to go back to NBA but if there are not good options over there then definitely I would like to stay in Europe and play for a top Euroleague team”.
Nick Calathes of Memphis Grizzlies will be a free agent in the summer. The Greek point guard is about to enter the pick of his career and Eurohoops is examining his situation and his more than possible, according to sources, return to Europe for a multiyear deal.